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Misty May Morn

1899 John Henry Twachtman Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1902 oil on canvas 25 1/8 x 30 in. (63.8 x 76.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.141 Not currently on view


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John Henry Twachtman exhibited Morning, now called Misty May Morn, to considerable praise at an exhibition of the Ten in 1899. The Ten was a group of American artists, including Twachtman, who left the conservative Society of American Artists to pursue the loose brushstrokes and bright palette of impressionism, which was considered ultramodern at the time. This influence can be seen in Misty May Morn. Twachtman used delicate color effects to capture the spring countryside in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he purchased a farm and settled with his family in 1889. The farm became the subject of many of his best-known landscapes, particularly his winter scenes. Misty May Morn remains the only painting from his Connecticut years that Twachtman specifically dated.

Keywords

Landscape - river

Landscape - season - spring

Landscape - time - morning

Landscape - tree

Landscape - weather - fog

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Henry Twachtman

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1853 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1902

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